Timothy Nolan

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Born: 1962, Tacoma, WA


1991 Queens College, CUNY, Flushing, NY
1986-88 Art Students' League, New York, NY
Merit Scholar
1984 Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2012 "Restack," CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010 "Tilt," Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
2009 "Lift," Carl Berg Projects, Los Angeles, CA
"Trajectory - Valerie Claff and Timothy Nolan," The Schiltkamp Gallery, Clark University,
Worcester, MA
2008 "Edge: A Public Art Window Space Project," Phantom Galleries LA, Los Angeles, CA
"Contemporary Art Program at Magic Theatre," San Francisco, CA
2006 "Sequence," Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 "Amalgamate," Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"View," Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
"Shift," Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
2001 "Link," Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
2000 "Curve," Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
1998 "Trim," Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
1997 "Step-Up," Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1995 "Work," Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
1993 "Solo Series," Angel's Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA
1991 "Re-Arranged," Queens College Gallery, Flushing, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2013 "A Few of My Favorite Things," CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011 "Sea Change: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition," Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
"SITE 92: Work Permit Approved," Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
2010 "Axis Mundi," CB1Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 "Art Exhibits Program at LAX," Terminal 2, Los Angeles International Airport,
Los Angeles, CA
"Drawing Actions," De Halle, Geel, Belgium (curated by Kris Van Dessel)
2008 "C.O.L.A. 2008 Individual Artist Fellowship Exhibition," City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007 "Elizabeth Aro & Timothy Nolan," Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, Netherlands
"Fractal," Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 "Curtaz, Nolan, Yager," Bandini Art, Culver City, CA
"Materialwise Revisited," Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA
"Joni Gordon 33 Years at Newspace, 1973-2006: Good to Go," Newspace,
Los Angeles, CA
"Major Drawings," Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 "The Shape of Space," Arena 1, Santa Monica, CA (curated by Sherin Guirguis and Heather Harmon)
"Quickening," Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ
"Hands On," Armory Northwest, Pasadena, CA
"Repeat Performance," Anthony Grant, Inc., New York, NY
2004 "Human Presence: The Geometry of Color/The Singular Body," San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
"Art on Paper," Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
"Scaping the Planar Nubium," Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA
"Three Some," Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
2003 "Interweave," Pierce College Art Gallery, Woodland Hills, CA
"LAPD: The Los Angeles Pattern & Decoration Project," Rosamund Felson Gallery, Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA (curated by Michael Duncan)
Scope Art Fair, New York, NY
2002 Art Affairs, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
"Zone," Cerro Coso College, Ridgecrest, CA
2001 "By Hand," University Art Museum, CSULB, Long Beach, CA
"100% Rag," Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Pierogi in Kansas City," Block Artspace, Kansas City, MO
2000 "Pierogi in L.A.," Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Mural," Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
"New Sculpture," Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
"pure de(Sign)," Otis College of Art and Design Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Elegant Whimsy," Torrance Fine Arts Center, Torrance, CA
"The Spurgeon Experience II," Spurgeon Building, Santa, Ana, CA
"Millennial Tension," Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"People As Material," California College of Arts and Crafts Gallery,
San Francisco, CA
"Head Cheese," Ft. Haggis Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999 "Room Service," The Living Room, Santa Monica, CA
"Draw Play," Miller Durazo, Los Angeles, CA
"New Attitudes," Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
"Grid Locked," Weingart Center Gallery, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
"Hubcap Diamond Star Halo," Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
1998 "Nuance," Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"New Attitudes," Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
"Art Zurich '98," Zurich, Switzerland
1997 "Nitty Gritty," Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
"Art Buffet," Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas, NV
"The 4th Annual Gramercy Art Fair," Chateau Marmont, Hollywood, CA
1996 "An Embarrassment of Riches," Huntington Beach Art Center,
Huntington Beach, CA
"Simple Means," Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
"Old Processes/New Armatures," Pierce College Gallery, Woodland Hills, CA
"Material Wise NL," Galerie Markant, Langelo, The Netherlands
"Resonances," El Centro del Pueblo, Los Angeles, CA
"7:24:52 PM," LASCA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Useful Things," Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
"The 3rd Annual Gramercy Art Fair," Chateau Marmont, Hollywood, CA
1995 "Subtle Voices," The Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
"New Directions '95," Barrett House Galleries, Poughkeepsie, NY
"Soft Touch," Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
"The 2nd Annual Gramercy Art Fair," Chateau Marmont, Hollywood, CA
1994 "Frisk," Thomas Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles, CA
"As We Like It," Side Street Projects, Santa Monica, CA
"Object of Metaphor," Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA
"Balls," Newspace, Los Angeles, CA
"Far Bazzar at The Brewery," The Bingo Building, Los Angeles, CA
1993 "Transformation & Seduction," Ivy Substation, Culver City, CA
"Downtown Lives!," DADA, Los Angeles, CA
"Project Box," L.A. Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
"TranscEND AIDS," Watts Towers Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA
"Depayser," Artspace Gallery, Woodland Hills, CA
"Forced Entry," Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
"National Small Works Exhibition," Schoharie Arts Gallery, Cobleskill, NY
"In the Limn Light," SITE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1992 "Far Bazzar," The Old Federal Reserve Bank Building, Los Angeles, CA
"On Site at the Gate," Angel's Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA
"Long Beach Arts 88th Open," Long Beach Arts Gallery, Long Beach, CA

Grants, Awards, and Residencies:

2012 Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA
2007-08 C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA
2007 James Irvine Foundation Honorary Fellowship, San Francisco, CA
2006 Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA
2004 Edward Albee Foundation Residency, Montauk, NY
2002 Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2001 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY
The Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY
2000 The Corporation of Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
1992 Angel's Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA
1991 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Selected Collections:

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, CA

Selected Bibliography:

2010 Turner, Cherie Louise, "Editorial Recommendations: Timothy Nolan at Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco," Visual Art Source, August 18
Swanhuyser, Hiya, "Folded Metal," SF Weekly, July 21
2009 Drawing Actions (exhibition catalogue), De Halle, Geel, Belgium
2008 Carasso, Roberta, "Artistic Elements," Coast, October, p. 192-3
Kugelman, Kerry, "COLA Awards," art ltd., May, p. 62-63
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, C.O.L.A. 2008 Individual Artist Fellowships (catalogue)
2007 Frank, Peter, " "Themes and Variations" at the Torrance Art Museum," Artweek, November
Calder, Dianne, "Continuing and Recommended," Artscene, January
2006 Harmanci, Reyhan, "Last Chance: Timothy Nolan," San Francisco Chronicle
(96 Hours section), July 6, p. 14
Mizota, Sharon, "Sequence," SF Weekly, June 28
Frank, Peter, ""Major Drawings" at Carl Berg Gallery," Artweek, April, p. 18
Ollman, Leah, "The definition of drawing, expanded," Los Angeles Times,
March 10, p. E19
2005 "Repeat Performance," The New Yorker, August 22
2004 Pagel, David, "Freewheeling with the help of grids," Los Angeles Times, July 2,
p. E22-3
Frank, Peter, "Three Some: Timothy Nolan, Gary Szymanski, Eric Zammitt,"
LA Weekly, July 16-22
Gleason, Mat, "Timothy Nolan/Gary Szymanski/Eric Zammitt," ArtScene, July/August
Roth, Charlene, "Timothy Nolan at Newspace," Artweek, May, p. 21
Knight, Christopher, "Patterns emerge through meditation: At Newspace Gallery, Timothy Nolan's work encourages meditation on ephemera and permanence,"
Los Angeles Times, March 19
2003 Roth, Charlene, " 'LAPD' at Rosamund Felsen Gallery," Artweek, November
2002 Roth, Charlene, "Timothy Nolan at Newspace," Artweek, December 2001/ January 2002
2001 Knight, Christopher, "Industrial Strength," Los Angeles Times, November 2
Iannaccone, Carmine, "No Textile Without a Text," (Catalog Essay), October
Myers, Holly, " 'By Hand' Embraces Inconvenience," Los Angeles Times, September 19
Lombino, Mary-Kay, "By Hand," (Catalog Essay), August
Cheng, Scarlet, "Look Ma, No Computers," Los Angeles Times, August 26
Mason, Wyatt, "Mason vs. The Living Dead," Artkrush.com, July
2000 Martin, Victoria, "New Sculpture at Newspace," Artweek, September
Frank, Peter, "Pick of the Week," L.A. Weekly, April 14
1998 Ollman, Leah, "Humorous Order," Los Angeles Times, March 20
1996 Ontiveros, Mario, "Timothy Nolan: Work; Newspace," zingmagazine, Autumn/Winter 1996/97
Geer, Suvan, "'An Embarrassment of Riches' at HBAC," Artweek, November
Curtis, Cathy, " 'Riches' Spins Its Gold From Everyday Straw," Los Angeles Times, October 14
Iannaccone, Carmine, "Modern Times, The Clown and The Contemporary Sculptor," L.A. Weekly, October 4
Comba, Steve, and McGrew, Rebecca, "Simple Means," (Catalog Essay), September
Knode, Marilu, "An Embarrassment of Riches," (Catalog Essay), September
Wilson, William, " 'Means' Finds New Meanings in Old Schools of Thought,"
Los Angeles Times, September 7
Vielmetter, Susanne, "Useful Things," (Catalog Essay), April
Roth, Charlene, "Timothy Nolan at Newspace," Artweek, February
1995 Kandel, Susan, "Timothy Nolan," Los Angeles Times, December 14
Anderson, Isabel, "Timothy Nolan," Artscene, November
1993 Leffingwell, Edward, "Beyond Arm's Reach," (Solo Series Catalog Essay), July
Levin, Kim, "Art in View: Forced Entry," The Village Voice, July 14
Frank, Peter, "Aesthetics of Stuff From 99-Cent Stores," The Long Beach
, May 16
Gottleib, Shirle, "South Bay...In and Around Long Beach," Visions Art Quarterly, Winter
1992 Littlefield, Kinney, "Teasing Visual Double-Entendre in Provocative Exhibit,"
The Long Beach Press-Telegram, June 14
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Press Release


JULY 24 - AUGUST 21, 2010
Opening reception for the artist: Saturday, July 24 beginning at 5:00 PM

For more information, contact Steve Zavattero
Phone: 415.627.9111/e-mail: info@marxzav.com
Website: www.marxzav.com

Marx & Zavattero is proud to announce Los Angeles artist Timothy Nolan's third solo exhibition at the gallery July 24 - August 21, 2010. Using materials such as cut metallic paper, vinyl, glass, and aluminum, Nolan will showcase a new series of floor and wall sculptures along with a series of "paintings," bringing to life his interest in the inherent gap between physical and illusionary space that occurs through shifts in color, light, and perspective.

Nolan describes his work as "interpreting the endless realm of systems of order which occur naturally, unnaturally, on purpose, and by chance." With a subtle palette of white, silver, gray, and black, Nolan puts into play variations on themes of geometry, repetition and pattern. Pitch - a remarkable 20-foot floor sculpture - will take center stage in the middle of the gallery. The piece features a series of over 20 triangular MDF pieces in varying scale and surface finish, suggesting the geometry of crystal formations while also conjuring a fourth dimension; the work's double-mirrored surfaces uncannily recall the infamous mirror scene in Orson Welles' The Lady from Shanghai. Here, light, shadow, and reflection create multiple shapes within the work that blur the line between permanence and impermanence, solid form, and most notably, illusion.

In the impressive wall piece Stack, Nolan uses 25 vinyl on aluminum elements to create a subtle arc made up of five different hues of irregular geometrical shapes. The repeating pattern and subtle shift in grayscale alludes to form evocative of a ridge, a spine, or intricately folded paper that dangles from, or ascends toward, the sky. In his silver cut metallic paper on painted panel series titled Stroke, Nolan explores the calligraphic gestures of the grain of cut paper and wryly hints at painting's legacy. Each work conflates both the gesture of artists like Franz Kline with the lesser known, harder-edge Op Art, creating pieces that are luminous, active, and subtle. In summing up his new body of work, Nolan states, "I seek to honor hand-crafted mark-making as distinct from the perfection of machine or computer-generated designs."

Nolan has exhibited extensively since the early 1990s with solo shows at Heather Marx Gallery; Carl Berg Projects, Los Angeles; the Art Exhibits Program at LAX, Los Angeles; and Newspace, Los Angeles, among other venues. Group exhibitions include Quickening, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ; Human Presence: The Geometry of Color/The Singular Body, the San Diego Museum of Art; Art on Paper, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Trajectory, Schiltkamp Gallery at Clark University, Worcester, MA; Drawing Actions, de Halle, Geel, Belgium; Repeat Performance, Anthony Grant, New York, NY; and LAPD: The Los Angeles Pattern & Decoration Project, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, among other venues.

Nolan was a 2007-08 COLA Individual Artist Fellowship recipient for the City of Los Angeles, and received a James Irvine Foundation Honorary Fellowship in 2007. He was also awarded a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2001. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, The New Yorker, Artweek, and Artkrush, among several other publications. Recent artist residencies include the Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA; and the Edward Albee Foundation Residency, Montauk, NY. His work is in the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Nolan received his MFA from Queens College, Flushing NY and his BA from Boston College.


My work explores and interprets fundamental patterns, geometry, and systems of order which occur naturally, unnaturally, on purpose and by chance. Although nearly everything we experience today is digitized, each seemingly simple convergence of shapes echoes back thousands of years through multiple iterations. They reveal the building blocks of life and civilization as we know it today.

While Minimalism and Cubism have had a significant influence, I also draw inspiration from lesser-known movements like Pattern and Decoration, and Op Art. I address visual phenomena such as the shifting perception of two and three dimensions; illusionary (plastic) space versus real dimensionality. In addition, I seek to honor hand-crafted mark-making as distinct from the perfection of machine- or computer-generated designs.

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